New Delhi, Janaury 23: Congress leader Anand Sharma on Saturday attacked Bhartiya Janata Party and alleged that the letter written by “Jawaharlal Nehru to England Prime Minister Clement Atlee” in which Nehru cited Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose as a ‘war criminal’ was fake and mischievous act to malign Congress. Sharma without naming anyone said that the Congress will expose the conspiracy behind the letter and will take action against the person who has done that.

On Saturday, which marks 119th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declassified 100 secret files on the mysterious disappearance of the leader.

Soon after the files were declassified, Sharma in a press conference said, “BJP can’t claim any leader who were on the fore front of the freedom struggle”. Read Also: (Narendra Modi declassifies 100 secret files on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose)

He said, “Congress will expose and take action against this mischievous fake letter (allegedly written by Nehru to Atlee). We will take all measures to punish people once identified. Whoever is taking ownership must come forward.”

Sharma raised doubts about their intentions of releasing secret files of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in the public domain and said, “The way PM has carried this out raises doubts about the intentions of the Government of India, nation needs to understand this”.

He also said, “We have said from the very beginning that this is a deliberate controversy”.

The letter which has sparked controversy earlier was allegedly written by Jawaharlal Nehru to Clement Atlee on December 27, 1945.

In this letter Pandit Nehru wrote, “Dear Mr Attlee, I understand from reliable sources that Suhas Chandra Bose, your war criminal, has been allowed to enter Russian territory by Stalin. This is a clear treachery and betrayal of faith by the Russians as Russia has been an ally of the British-Americans, which she should not have done. Please take note of it and do what you consider proper and fit.” The letter is signed, “Yours Sincerely, Jawaharlal Nehru.”

Bose, one of the leading freedom fighter against the British occupied India, set up he Indian National Army (INA) during World War II to take on the British Indian Army.

Bose, reportedly died in a plane crash in Formosa, now Taiwan, in 1945. His death still remains a mystery.Bose was born on January 23, 1897 in Cuttack, Odisha.